Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts

Power Greens Pizza with Pinenuts | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts. Say that three times fast!

I love this recipe because it is an easy weeknight meal, made with some leftover greens and pantry staples. I don’t really know how to make small portions, due to being raised by women from the south. You always had to make sure you had enough food in case someone dropped by. Therefore,  leftovers are a constant in my refrigerator.

Rooting through my fridge for something to cook for dinner one night, it looked pretty bleak. I am not one of those people who plan out a weeks worth of meals, and are really organized, and never serve the same meal twice. Whatever.

 

Power Greens Pizza with Pinenuts | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

I found some leftover kale and collard greens, and the lightbulb went on. Maybe it was the refrigerator light, I’m not sure. Either way, I was inspired to use the greens to make dinner.

This pizza can be made with any greens you have on hand, even thawed frozen spinach, in a pinch.  Trader Joe’s has a Pesto Gouda cheese I like, so I chose that in keeping with the green theme. They also have a frozen pizza crust that are great to always have on hand for those times you need a quick lunch or dinner.  If a Pesto flavored cheese is not available, just use Mozzarella and spread a little pesto on the par-baked crust. before adding the toppings.

 

Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen par-baked pizza crust
  • 2 cups pesto gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup cooked greens, such as kale and collards
  • 1 tablespoon raw pine nuts
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to °400 F.
  2. Thaw the pizza crust according to package directions.
  3. Sprinkle half the cheese onto the crust.
  4. Spread the greens on top of the cheese.
  5. Top the greens with the remaining cheese.
  6. Sprinkle the pine nuts on top.
  7. Bake the pizza in the center of your oven for 15 minutes, preferably directly on the rack.

 

Power Greens Pizza with Pinenuts | Black Girl Chef's Whites

A Bounty of Spring Produce

Tiny Pea on Shoot

I love spring.  Flowers begin to appear, bright green leaves grow on the barren trees, and some of my favorite produce is available.  You already know of my love of asparagus, but there is a bounty of produce in spring.  I recently picked up some freshly picked organic produce from Dervaes Gardens, an urban homestead in the heart of Pasadena, CA.  Pasadena once was home to many farms and fruit orchards, but it is now known primarily as the home of the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade.  And really good shopping in Old Town.  So to have an actual, albeit small working farm with organic produce near my home is wonderful!

Their website says it best:

Dervaes Gardens is a backyard family business which sprouted in 1995 and is located in the middle of the urban Pasadena, California. From this bountiful one-tenth of an acre city lot, we grow and sell seasonal, locally grown vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers.

Our specialty is in the unique, rare, and heirloom varieties. Although this restricts the amount of produce we provide, we specialize in quality, not quantity. We provide to you only the very best of what’s growing in our revolutionary organic garden.

On top of the picked fresh the morning you will come get it produce, they have fabulous seasonal preserves, and fresh duck and chicken eggs.  All this from 1/10 of an acre!

When I picked up my order last week, it was so gorgeous I just had to take pictures.  I recently got a new, fancy shmancy camera so I could take better pictures of my food.  What better practice than to try and capture the essence of this bounty.  I hope you enjoy my efforts.  Be kind, I am still practicing…

Two recipes will be posted soon using the produce in these pictures, so stay tuned!

Swiss Chard and Pea Shoot

Gorgeous Swiss chard and a teeny weeny pea.

Bounty of Spring Produce

Multicolored Swiss chard, collard greens, pea shoots, frilly mustard greens, and kale.

Snow Pea Shoots

Pea shoots – I love the curly tendrils. So beautiful.

Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale, Pea Shoots

A healthy, tasty and enticing bounty.

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